There are many travelers who claim that traveling alone is the best way to see the world. You deliberately travel solo, they say, because you want to experience the world without the influence of a friend or partner’s tastes, prejudices, or preferences. When you’re with a companion, it’s easy to focus on that person and forget about meeting other travelers. Traveling alone, you’re more likely to be on a voyage of self-discovery. Solo travel can be delightfully self-indulgent. You can spend a day doing nothing but café hopping or lingering in a single museum. You can loll on a beach on the South China Sea or hire a guide to visit remote ruins. Indulge your classical music passion in one of Europe’s great concert halls or join a group of like-minded strangers for a Himalayan trek. It’s your call. Solo travel is the ideal opportunity to try something new, like a surf camp in Central America, a bike trip in Southeast Asia, or … [Read more...] about Best Countries for Solo Travelers
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The Mekong River region ranked eleventh out of the 50 best places to travel in 2015 and was seen pulsing with new life thanks to a slew of riverboat launches, Travel + Leisure said on its website.The site recommended several river tours in which travelers can discover the wild, peaceful landscape of the Mekong River and learn about the residents’ living style while visiting Vietnam and Cambodia by boat.Two riverboat tours are now available on the 124-passenger cruise ship AmaDara and the 18-stateroom vessel Avalon Siem Reap. Both services offer a 15-night trip connecting Vietnam and Cambodia.Travelers who have less time might select a shorter Mekong riverboat trip with three-, four-, and seven-night itineraries between Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Siem Reap, Cambodia.Other locations selected by Travel + Leisure as the best places to travel in 2015 include Bali Island and Jakarta (Indonesia), Hokkaido Prefecture (Japan), Chengdu City (China), and … [Read more...] about Mekong region spanning Vietnam, Cambodia among 50 best places for 2015 travel
Lani Nguyen argued in a piece recently published by Tuoi Tre News that travelers should blame themselves, provoking both for and against feedback from other readers. Here are excerpts, edited for clarity purposes, from a few of the comments we have received. MANUEL M.I agree with the author about the rewarding experiences if you put more time and effort into your Vietnam trip.I too have had the best experiences off the beaten track, and unlike many other visitors, I think Vietnam is still my favorite country in Southeast Asia. I'd gladly return any time with my experience.But it can't be denied that in comparison with neighboring ASEAN countries, Vietnam has some grave issues in terms of scams and a lack of action on the part of tourism authorities.Of course these issues need time to be resolved, but bear in mind that even Myanmar, which only opened itself a few years ago for mass tourism, already has a better reputation among tourists and backpackers. CHUCKThe … [Read more...] about Who is to blame for disappointing Vietnam trips?
Southeast Asia appears to be on a roll. The Philippines is boasting the second-fastest growing economy in Asia, Malaysia has posted its best growth figures in more than two years and Thailand in more than four. The growth is being fuelled by China, whose expanding economic presence is propping up fundamental weaknesses around Southeast Asia. It also underlines China's dominance in a region that will be under increasing pressure to follow Beijing's lead. Even as the rest of the world feels the pinch of Beijing's clampdown on outbound capital, China is ploughing money into Southeast Asia – much of it into infrastructure projects related to President Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road initiative. Chinese tourists are also flocking to beaches, temples and shopping malls around the region. And trade is surging. Exports to China from Indonesia and Malaysia grew more than 40 percent in the first half of the year; from Thailand and Singapore it was almost 30 percent, and more than 20 … [Read more...] about Southeast Asian economies get a lift from China. Later, they may get the bill
Popular travel guide Lonely Planet has recently included Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam on its list of the best places to visit in 2017, according to a report by the Daily Mail published on January 12. Its new book “Where To Go When” lists several top travel destinations and the best times of the year to visit them. Lonely Planet suggests the best time to take a trip to Ha Long Bay is in October. “And with Vietnam experiencing monsoon seasons in both the winter and the summer, October has the perfect conditions for a stunning escape to highlights such as Ha Long Bay,” the report said. The beautiful bay is one of the most popular tourism attractions in the country, located in the northern province of Quang Ninh. It includes around 1,600 islands and islets that form a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. UNESCO recognized Ha Long Bay as a Natural World Heritage Site in 1994, and in 2012 the bay was officially recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of … [Read more...] about When is the best time for your dream trip to Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay?
During the past years, Sepon Travel has successfully organized field trips to Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar with a view to “having meals in three countries within a day” (i.e. breakfast in Vietnam, lunch in Laos and dinner in Thailand). So far, the company has established its own brand name in the field of organizing tours across Vietnam. Sepon Travel organizes 15 tours monthly through the East West corridor and 4 tours to national famous landscape. In the first eight months of 2011, the company attracted 7,000 visitors, not a small number given the context of the difficult national and global economy. Sepon Travel’s achievements are attributed to its determination to overcome challenges. When there was not a bridge connecting Vietnamese and Lao’s border gates, the company had organized tours and conferences to exchange cultural values among leaders of provinces and people of different nations. The inauguration of bridge … [Read more...] about Sepon Travel: Connecting Vietnam with Southeast Asia
Team work: Local and foreign technicians design shoes for people with foot problems at a VIETCOT workshop in Ha Noi. — VNS Photo Doan Tung People with disabilities should take heart from the stories of a nine-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy who have been helped to get on their feet by inspirational peers and free prosthetic limbs, report Ha Nguyen and Cong BinhTrinh Ngoc Thuy took one look at the baby she had just given birth to and fainted.Her family was horrified as well. The baby had no limbs."We were all filled with terror. When I regained consciousness I cried all day. I kept asking God what wrong did I do that he gave us such a heavy punishment. Our sorrow and isolation lasted a long time.""After we recovered somewhat from the initial shock, we named her Linh Chi. She looked lovely and grew up, month after month."Nguyen Linh Chi owes her deformity to Agent Orange, the toxic defoliant that was sprayed by the US forces during the war in Viet Nam.Her … [Read more...] about Helping people put their best foot forward
PM Nguyen Tan Dung at the 23rd ASEAN Summit - Photo: VGP/Nhat Bac Shangri-La message of strategic trust PM Nguyen Tan Dung attending and delivering a keynote address at the 12th Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore on May 31 is the most noted event in 2013.His speech at the event highlighted the role of a strategic trust among Asia-Pacific nations for peace, stability and prosperity in the region. The address also reconfirmed Viet Nam’s defense policy, which is self-defense and for peace. He later answered questions raised by delegates attending the dialogue. During the session, PM Dung re-affirmed that as a littoral nation, Viet Nam is determined to protect its sovereignty and legitimate rights in the East Sea in accordance with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS). The PM said Viet Nam, once again, calls upon ASEAN and China to implement seriously the Declaration on the Conducts … [Read more...] about PM Dung and overseas trips in 2013
These destinations include bustling Bangkok, beautiful Phuket, historic Ha Noi and Luang Prabang and undiscovered Yangon. The Treat Yourself x3 offer is applicable at hotels and resorts in Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos, as well as Myanmar and the Philippines.The diverse list of destinations that can make any business excursion, urban getaway or resort holiday that much more delightful. Those who register for the Treat Yourself x3 offer will enjoy an exclusive reward during their trip plus triple loyalty points. Upon check-in, guests can request free breakfast for two people, a US$20 credit towards lunch or dinner, a day pass to MyGlass for free-flowing soft drinks or two hours of wine, beer and cocktails, or, for families, a day pass to MyKids so the young ones can enjoy some amazing treats. "The Treat Yourself x3 offer is a wonderful way for travellers, whether they are on the road for business or pleasure, to add value to their trip and make it all the more enjoyable," Ianic … [Read more...] about Pampering plus points at AccorHotels in Asia
As Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visits the UK on the 40th anniversary of Viet Nam-UK diplomatic relations, Ngan Binh talked to Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire about its potential for future co-operation. Could you tell us the significance of this visit and how you see the strategic partnership developing? This will be the first time a General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam has formally visited the UK, so it is very significant to us and a sign of a relationship that is getting stronger by the year. It is also interesting to see that it takes place exactly one hundred years after Ho Chi Minh came here. The Strategic Partnership agreement we signed in 2010 has boosted the range and depth of our political co-operation, and trade between our countries is up 26 per cent to US$4bn per year. There is no doubt that as we approach the fortieth anniversary of diplomatic relations this year we are in a better place than ever. Last April Foreign Secretary … [Read more...] about Driving forward Viet Nam-UK relations for best of both nations